A mere 60 miles south of Munich lies the winter wonderland of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. This 1936 Winter Olympics host resort is situated around Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze. This iconic mountain is abutted by the joined villages of Garmisch and Partenkirchen. Garmisch Partenkirchen has been noted for an almost perfect winter climate: not too cold, plenty of sunshine and considerable snowfall. This sprawling resort is spread over numerous ski areas, some of which straddle the Austrian border. With a “Top Snow Card” lift ticket, skiers and snowboarders can enjoy 175 miles of terrain via 53 chairlifts. You can even ride a cogwheel train to get turns and views atop Garmisch’s high glacial peaks. Vacationers have even more to experience in Garmisch’s village including authentic Bavarian accommodations and traditional beer gardens, halls and restaurants. A Garmisch ski vacation also offers visitors a more modern experience and amenities in its 24-hour casino. But be sure you’ve had enough sleep because there are tons of outdoor winter activities and events to experience, including 68 miles of cross-country trails.
Garmisch still hosts many international sport events including alpine racing, hockey, ski jumping, figure-skating and hockey, so be sure to catch a game during your ski vacation.
Garmisch is touted as one of Germany’s best ski resorts, and for those who have skied in the Western U.S., it’s certainly comparable. It offers skiers and snowboarders a little bit of everything, however the on-piste areas are best reserved for intermediates. Experts on the hunt for a unique adventure will find more challenging terrain on the Zugspitze’s glacier, which is accessed via the cogwheel train. Even freestylers will be pleased with Garmisch's terrain park offering. Renowned as having Germany’s first superpipe, Garmisch has a history of being friendly towards skiers and boarders with a penchant for getting creative in the air.
It’s important to remember that European ski ratings are a tad different than North American. Green trails are meant for first-timers or very small children, blue runs are for beginners and novices, red trails are designated for intermediates and black, of course, are for advanced skiers.